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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 27, 2012 3:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

Can't say for sure. But venues like Cumberland ME CC and Rochester war Memorial may be along those 6,000 seaters as well. Not sure what the acoustics were like but that is cozy for a dead show

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 27, 2012 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

Revised. Rochester was about 12,000 but Cumberland fits into that wheel house with about 6,600

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jun 27, 2012 5:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

Cumberland and Rochester were by far the most fun places I saw them. And MSG for that mad NY energy.

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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 28, 2012 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

12 K seems a bit steep for the good'ol Rochester War Memorial? Maybe since they remodelled but maybe not back in the day? No matter, it might not have been the smallest place they played but anybody lucky enough to have caught them there in the 70s got their money's worth and then some.

I was hoping to hear from those who saw them in their college gym days (- '71ish). Those old school college gyms are *not* big:
Dillon Gym @ Princeton, the Palestra @ U of R, the Camp Randall Gym in Madison, etc.
C'mon, lets hear from you old stoners.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 29, 2012 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

I want to say the band played Alaska once and it was in some high school gym. That must have been awesome

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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 29, 2012 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

I know!
What about those 2/69 Dream Bowl shows? A Bowling Alley for cryin' out loud.
I remember I always figured the Dream Bowl to be a smallish outdoor venue, perhaps a little like the Hollywood Bowl. When I learned it was a bowling alley I couldn't freakin' believe it.
How I'd enjoy hearing from someone who caught those performances (which were very strong as we all know, and just before that epic Fillmore West run immortalized on Live Dead) .
There's gotta be somebody who maybe bowled a few frames with Jer when he toggled in for the afternoon sound check! Maybe was able to give The Gar a few pointers on improving his follow-through.....

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 29, 2012 5:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Smallest venue where you saw them?

I think it was bigger, but your post got me thinking and I found the info posted above...